Australian Open second-round picks: Hewitt's farewell tour not certain to end against Ferrer
The Australian might just achieve one more great win in his esteemed career, while compatriot Bernard Tomic should progress comfortably
Lleyton Hewitt will retire after his home grand slam and looks determined to elongate his remarkable playing career for as long as possible.
The Australian takes on David Ferrer on Thursday and is fantastic value for victory.
Ferrer is in the winter of his career himself and suffered surprising defeats to Illya Marchenko and Jack Sock in Qatar and Auckland respectively.
Hewitt will relish his underdog status and, with the backing of a raucous crowd, is capable of causing an upset.
Bernard Tomic is finally beginning to show just how good he is and is certainty to beat Simone Bolelli.
Tomic plays his best tennis in home soil and defeated Kei Nishikori in Brisbane two weeks ago.
In the last three Australian Opens, meanwhile, the 23-year-old has only been beaten by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych.
Bolelli started the year with losses to Teymuraz Gabashvili and Alexander Sarkissian and will have to play at his best to make the match competitive.
The encounter between Gael Monfils and Nicolas Mahut will be one of the second round's most entertaining and it is the former who should progress.
The Frenchmen have met on three occasions and Monfils has triumphed each and every time.
Mahut, meanwhile, has progressed past the second round of a slam in just two of his last 13 outings.
Steve Johnson is sure to reach the third round of a major for just the fourth time in his career when he takes on Thomaz Bellucci.
Bellucci is talented, but delivers little, exiting his previous five tournaments at the round of 32 stage.
Johnson enjoyed a career-best campaign in 2015 - rising to No. 32 in the world - and shouldn't have too many problems on Thursday.
Jack Sock and Lukas Rosol are two of the biggest hitters in the game, but their second-round tie is unlikely to be close.
Sock enjoyed his best ever year on tour in 2015 and has continued that form into this season, reaching the final in Auckland last week.
Lukas Rosol reached the quarters of the same event, but he has a 13/18 losing record at the slams and that is not going to improve this week.
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